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Hybrid steel-rubber bearing inter-module connection with replaceable steel fuses

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In the pursuit of a more sustainable construction industry, steel Modular Building Systems (MBS) have been increas-ingly adopted for their demountable and reusable nature, yet this trend has also uncovered the challenges of exist-ing inter-module connection systems regarding demountability and damage control. To mitigate these limita-tions, a new hybrid steel-rubber bearing (SRB) inter-module connection with replaceable steel fuses was devel-oped and its structural behaviour was investigated through nonlinear FEA. Results showed that the integration of SRB and steel fuses at the modules interfaces delivered promising mechanical properties and damage control ca-pabilities under the effect of monotonic and cyclic lateral loads.

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